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Photoshop 5 for Windows For Dummies [Paperback]

Deke McClelland
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11 Jun 1998 For Dummies
Transform ordinary images into breathtaking works of digital art with the advanced power and endless possibilities of Photoshop 5, Adobe′s state–of–the–art digital imaging software. Take the grand tour of Version 5 with veteran tour guide Deke McClelland, and then move into new and exciting realms of digital wizardry as you master an array of text effects, image enhancements, and other wondrous things that make Photoshop 5 so hugely popular among the digiterati.

Photoshop guru McClelland takes you gently –– and intelligently –– through the world of pixels, paintbrushes, and special effects with friendly, easygoing, down–to–earth tips and tricks to help you master the fine art of digital imagery. Clean up bad scans and poor–quality pictures, learn special painting tricks, create collages, add gradient fills and strange warps, explore new filters, and make your artistic masterpieces publishing–perfect or Web–ready with Photoshop 5. Plus, 16 pages of full–color examples –– and dozens of black–and–white images –– add to the visual content of this great guide for professional image–makers and amateur artists alike.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764503928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764503924
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Dummies guide is designed for beginners who want to learn the core features in Photoshop 5 for Windows in a short amount of time. You start off with an overview of the two aspects of the package--painting images and editing images--and learn what's new in this version. The author explains how to navigate the interface using zooming, guides, and grids. In the second part of the book, he discusses image size, resolution, pixels, colour, file formats, and file-saving and printing issues. The third part of the book focuses on painting, photo retouching, and undoing your work--using the eraser and history palette, for example. In the fourth part, you really start messing with pixels by learning the basic selection tools, such as lasso and rectangle selections, and the more advanced ones, such as adding to and subtracting from a selection, extending a magic wand selection, and transforming selections and paths. You also apply colour and gradients to selections. Finally, in the fifth part, you work with layers, type, filters, and advanced colour-correction tools, such as contrast and brightness.

You can follow along with the projects as closely as you like, or just get general how-to tips for your own work. The book offers simple, clear discussion and quick technical tips, shortcuts, and warnings of common pitfalls, all denoted by easy-to-spot icons. Icons also note a feature that's new to this version. (The book assumes that you don't necessarily know any version of the package but alerts you to any changes in case you do.) Two full-colour sections show examples of the project files, some in various stages of editing. The book has the same humorous, light approach to learning that other Dummies books have, and this makes it all the more accessible, especially if you're intimidated by what you've got to learn. The last section of the book, "The Part of Tens", features 10 techniques to memorise, 10 funny ways to distort faces, and 10 ways to output your work. These titbits provide a good basis for becoming comfortable with the essential Photoshop tasks. --Kathleen Caster

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Fix and alter photos like a pro — no experience required! Photoshop gives you the power to transform an ordinary photograph into something extraordinary — if you know what you're doing. That's where this friendly guide comes in. Photoshop expert Deke McClelland demystifies the world of electronic palettes, paintbrushes, and filters — and shows you step–by–step how get up to speed on this complex software.

Discover how to: Understand pixels and colors Get a handle on Photoshop tools Edit and retouch images Explore layers, text effects, and other cool features Prepare images for printing or the Web

The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear–out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the novice! 6 July 1999
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A very complete book that covers the basics of Photoshop. You will learn this program by reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome 1 May 1999
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This book shows you all the shortcut keys that help you get around the program. The full-color pages show you what kind of effects PhotoShop is capable of, and the well-organized pages surrounding the color show you how to accomplish it. This book uncovers all the hidden wonders PhotoShop is capable of. If you paid $600+ for PhotoShop 5 then you need to pay the extra money to get a copy of this book. No matter what the cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable book - better than the manual! 25 Jan 2004
The official Adobe Users Guide is 390 pages. The Users Guide Supplement is another 150 pages. Not only are the guys and girls at Adobe creative geniuses, but they are very thorough. Their manuals can be daunting if you don't have a degree in colour physics. The good news is you don't need to know everything in the Adobe guides to work successfully in Photoshop. You do need to know most of what's in the For Dummies book, which even contains a supplement on PS 5.5. McClelland starts from real scratch (draw a sun and paint a face on it) and takes you to the stars. PS is learned by trial and error, by making terrible (though usually reversible) mistakes, and McClelland is always there like a sort of hand-rail, like when you're recovering from a leg injury and think you can manage stairs without holding on, but you like the security of having the rail there! The book is clear, witty and well laid-out. The one downside is that it says nothing about ImageReady, the cool animation program that comes with Photoshop 5.5.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book is okay. 25 Feb 1999
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I found the book to be informative, yet missing something. After reading the book I still have a lot of questions. I think it takes two reading of the book to fully understand Photoshop 5, and that's one to many in my book!
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